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Is Complexity of Military Electronics Necessary

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1 Author(s)
Nordlund, R.J. ; Bombing Consultant, Armament Laboratory, Wright Air Development Center, Dayton, Ohio

An analysis is made of the reasons for the trend of military electronics toward more system complexity. Some interesting aspects of the relation of complexity to unreliability are investigated, and a distinction is established between circuit complexity and operation complexity. The soundness of the choice of complexity is established by curves of a general "trend" nature. Systems engineering is proposed as a solution to the complexity versus reliability problem, and as a challenge to the young engineer.

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Proceedings of the IRE  (Volume:41 ,  Issue: 8 )